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Android Kikaider - Lonely Soul (Vol. 1)

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The genius robotics professor, Dr. Komyoji has created Kikaider – a humanoid robot tasked with the protection of Dr. Komyoji’s son and daughter. Gifted with the ‘conscience circuit’, Kikaider is given the power to simulate real emotions that helps to distinguish between ‘right and wrong’. Can Kikaider protect Dr. Komyoji’s children and battle against the evil Dr. Gill and his army of androids? The fight against world domination lies in the hands of Kikaider.

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Manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori's reworking of "Pinocchio" was made into a live-action series in 1972; this later anime version (2000) is done in a retro style that reflects the influence of Osamu Tezuka and some American cartoons. Professor Komyoji is killed in his lab while creating Jiro, a super-android who looks like a human--until he morphs into his battle form. What sets Jiro apart is the "Gemini Circuit" that gives him a conscience. Jiro meets Komyoji's daughter Mitsuko and son Masaru, who initially welcome him. But when Mitsuko checks her father's data, she learns that the Gemini Circuit is flawed: if it cannot be repaired, Jiro must be destroyed. Jiro flees, but finds himself battling the insect-like mecha sent by the evil Dr. Gill. The basic story is familiar, but it's presented with more feeling than most mecha tales. (Rated 13 and older: violence) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Tomokazu Seki, Yui Horie, Yumiko Kobayashi, Keaton Yamada, Etsuko Kozakura
  • Directors: Tensai Okamura
  • Writers: Shôtarô Ishinomori
  • Producers: Shou Onodera
  • Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008DDIM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,104 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Kyle R. Schlichter on February 19, 2003
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I'm a long time fan of the Masked Rider and live action Kikaider shows, and imported the animation discs from Japan as soon as they were released! I was very impressed!
Android Kikaider is a dark, often violent, and incredibly stylish series based around the comics and television series by Shotaro Ishinomori (the creator of "Masked Rider" and "Cyborg 009"). Intelligently written and sometimes quite touching, "Android Kikaider" breaks away from its super hero roots and explores the question of what it truly means to be human.
It's a short series (only 12 episodes), and I believe this first disk has eps 1-3.
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I am not normally a fan of anime and I am not a fan of fighting
robot transformer type shows, but Kikaider is different.
Based on the Japanese live action show from the 1970s that inspired George Lucas to create the character, Darth Vader and the visual progenitor of Heim Saban's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and dozens of other cartoons and live action series, Kikaider asks the Asmovian question, what is the difference between man and machine when the machine becomes the equal of
man.
The series also has many other themes. The loneliness of the children of workaholics, a major issue in both Japan and the United States. What happens when someone sent to spy falls in
love with the victim and how that tears the spy apart. How an evil man can manipulate both machine and man to the point that the influence cascades to effect everybody related to the ones being manipulated. The pain of the individual who has to deal with the negative reaction of others to his ugly appearance.
A child's shock at learning the truth about a fathers misdeeds.
The sad tale of Android Kikaider is one in which a machine actually becomes more human that the humans surrounding him. And this is a tale worth hearing.
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Jinzo Ningen Kikaider--Humanoid Kikaider, Android Kikaider...the show goes by numerous names and began airing Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. The series is a remake of a 43-episode live action series popular in Hawaii called "Kikaida," which played out similar to "Ultraman" or "Power Rangers" in terms of the cardboard-box suit robots. Depending on how Bandai plans on packaging the rest of the Kikaider DVDs, it could come out as anywhere from a 13- to a 16-episode series that, while introducing a powerfully deep story, falls victim to too many common anime cliches.
The story opens with a scientist, Dr. Kyomoji, attempting to finish a young android. A robot attack orchestrated by the show's biggest villain, Lord/Doctor/Professor Gill, presumably kills off Kyomoji and throws everything into chaos. Later on, his daughter Mitsuko, having found the young android named Jiro, proceeds to try and find what has happened to her father. This constitutes the first main driving force in "Kikaider," the search for Kyomoji, and the protection of his children. The second deals with what Mitsuko finds out about Jiro: inside him is Kyomoji's ultimate creation, the Gemini or Conscience Circuit that allows him to feel emotions, and have a sense to distinguish wrong from right. However, should this circuit malfunction, Jiro must be destroyed because of the danger he presents with his incredible powers, as well as his battle form called "Kikaider."
This first volume, and most likely half of the next, will contain your standard hero-vs-villain battles featuring Jiro battling various androids from Professor Gill's DARK organization, each with color/animal related names like Carmine Spider, Golden Bat, Orange Ant and Yellow Jaguar.
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I have never read the original 1973 manga of Kikaider. Watching the live action TV series as a kid in Hawaii, I never realized that the story of Kikaider is a love story between an android and the daughter of his creator. The TV show was mostly taken up with fight sequences, whereas in this anime, the fight scenes are subservient to the love story. The anime makes the parallels between Pinocchio and Frankenstein much more obvious than they were in the TV show.
I'm not that familiar with anime, so I can't really compare it with other ones, but the animation is nothing to write home about, with many scenes in which the only moving object is a character's mouth. The opening theme song sets the melancholy tone of the series, but for the closing theme song, well, I listened to it once. I could feel my gonads shrivelling up and decided it just wasn't my cup of tea.

I find myself liking this series in spite of the negatives. It grew on me. Jiro is a humanoid android who starts existence pretty much as a blank slate, and he gradually learns what it means to be human. Dr. Gil Helbert, leader of the criminal organization DARK, wants to kill Jiro, and sends various anthropogenic-animal robots after him. To become stronger, Jiro transforms into Kikaider, the half-blue, half-red android. This all makes sense if you watch it, trust me. I don't want to give you too much background information, since a lot of the plot involves discovering why Jiro/Kikaider was created and what Gil is up to. Rounding out the cast are Mitsuko (the aforementioned daughter of Jiro's creator), Masaru (Mitsuko's kid brother), Hattori Hanpei (a detective Mitsuko hires to find Jiro at one point), and Saburo/Hakaider (an android built specifically to kill Kikaider).
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